The paper presents a method for formulating finite state unsteady aerodynamic models in the time domain from frequency domain unsteady aerodynamics. The method is based on recognizing that the lift deficiency function represents an aerodynamic transfer function and utilizes the Bode plot technique, used in control systems engineering, to construct approximation to the lift deficiency function. Indicial response functions for both fixed wing and rotary wing applications are obtained, using these finite state unsteady aerodynamic models. It is shown that the rotary wind indicial response function is oscillatory and thus it is fundamentally different when compared to the fixed wing indicial response function which is nonoscillatory. Certain aspects of the finite state aerodynamic model are demonstrated by applying it to the flapping dynamics of an articulated helicopter rotor blade.